Preventing miscarriage

It’s generally thought that most miscarriages can’t be prevented, but with research, we hope to change this.

Due to lack of research, we don’t always know why miscarriages happen, this makes it difficult to prevent them. Doctors think about half of miscarriages happen because of serious abnormalities in the developing baby, which mean the baby cannot survive, however this leaves many miscarriages that could have other underlying reasons that means they could be prevented.

Sometimes your doctor may be able to work out why you may have miscarried and may be able to provide treatment to help prevent it happening again. For instance, if you have or had a condition, such as a uterine abnormality or an infection, which might have contributed to miscarriage, then this condition may be managed a second time.

How can I limit my risk of miscarriage?

It’s important to know that most miscarriages aren’t caused by anything you or your partner have or haven’t done. However there is clear evidence that your lifestyle can affect your chance of having a baby, so there are several things you can do to limit the risk of miscarriage and increase the chances of a healthy pregnancy. 

You might want to consider:

All of these things we know can increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy.

Tommy's National Centre for Miscarriage Research 

In order to prevent more miscarriages, we need a better understanding of why miscarriages happen.The best chance of changing the situation is through research, and that’s why we opened Europe's largest research centre dedicated to preventing early miscarriage in April 2016. 

    Last reviewed on August 1st, 2016. Next review date August 1st, 2019.

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